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Submissions

39th Vancouver International Film Festival

September 24 - October 9, 2020

In 2020, VIFF will screen more than 180 features and 80 shorts in a multi-venue showcase of exceptional films from around the world. Furthermore, we’ll once again expand the frame to include talks, workshops, performances and other unique events that celebrate innovations in screen-based storytelling.

At VIFF's 2019 edition, these events included creator talks with the likes of Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now) and Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), the VIFF Immersed Exhibition of narrative-driven VR experiences, Creator Labs, the VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit, as well as a performance of Tim Heidecker and Greg Turkington’s On Cinema at the Cinema Live and Public Enemy’s Chuck D breaking down the iconic “Fight the Power” for Song Exploder Live.
 

"As one of the largest film festivals in North America, VIFF concerns itself with building the right audience for accepted movie makers..." - MovieMaker
"A festival for a public of cinephiles that treats its foreign visitors with the greatest amount of care" - Senses of Cinema
VIFF is now accepting Canadian submissions of any genre for our 2020 festival.

Featuring the world's largest annual collection of contemporary Canadian cinema, VIFF invites exciting new voices to share the spotlight with national treasures as we celebrate narratives that demonstrate originality, documentaries that change the way we see the world, and short films that push the form to its limits.

Want to learn more about VIFF's festival programming? Take a look at our 2019 Festival Guide.
 
 

Feature Films

Short Films

Early Deadline: April 24, 2020

$35.00 USD $20.00 USD

Regular Deadline: May 29, 2020

$42.50 USD $25.00 USD

Late Deadline: June 12, 2020

$50.00 USD $30.00 USD
 

Submission Categories & Eligibility

 

Canadian Narrative Features

Open to narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, been made available for viewing on the internet or screened either at another festival or publically (i.e. an advertised public screening at which an admission was charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area.

Canadian Documentaries

Open to nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, been made available for viewing on the internet or screened either at another festival or publically (i.e. an advertised public screening at which an admission was charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area.

Canadian Shorts

Open to narrative and nonfiction films (including animation) with runtimes of 25 minutes or less directed by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident with Canada listed as one of the countries of production OR with 51% or more Canadian financing. VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.

Canadian Submission FAQ   

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Questions regarding submissions may be directed to canadian.submissions@viff.org
VIFF is now accepting international submissions from any genre for its 2020 festival.

VIFF takes great pride in championing international cinema's most exciting new voices, offering diverse programming and fostering enlightening dialogue. Bong Joon-ho (Parasite), Sean Baker (The Florida Project) and Jia Zhangke (Ash Is Purest White) are but a few of the now-renowned filmmakers who attended VIFF early in their careers.

Want to learn more about VIFF's festival programming? Take a look at our 2019 Festival Guide.
 
 

Feature Films

Short Films

Early Deadline: April 24, 2020

$47.50 USD $35.00 USD

Regular Deadline: May 29, 2020

$57.50 USD $40.00 USD

Late Deadline: June 12, 2020

$70.00 USD $45.00 USD
 

Submission Categories & Eligibility

 

International Narrative Features

Open to non-Canadian narrative films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, been made available for viewing on the internet or screened either at another festival or publicly (i.e. an advertised public screening at which an admission was charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area.

International Documentaries

Open to non-Canadian nonfiction films with runtimes over 25 minutes. Feature length films must not have been broadcast, distributed on VOD/home video, been made available for viewing on the internet or screened either at another festival or publicly (i.e. an advertised public screening at which an admission was charged, excluding film school graduation screenings) in the Vancouver area.

International Shorts

Open to non-Canadian narrative and nonfiction films with runtimes of 25 minutes or less. VIFF will consider short films that have been made available online.

International Submission FAQ   

Didn't find the answer you needed?
Questions regarding submissions may be directed to international.submissions@viff.org
VIFF is now accepting narrative-driven VR and AR submissions for the International VIFF Immersed Competition.

The competition rewards creative achievement in commercially distributable virtual and augmented reality storytelling from live-action, documentary and animation. Submissions will be considered for the 2020 VIFF Immersed Exhibition, a multi-day public showcase that celebrates the best in immersive storytelling from Canada and around the world.

A distinguished panel of international jurors will judge the entries and award the winning selections from each category at the opening night of the exhibition.

Note: Project creators will also be considered for the VIFF Immersed Market Place, a private industry market that brings together leading immersive storytellers to pitch projects to a wide range of industry, including distributors, agencies, brands, and more.

 

Immersed Competition

BC Showcase

Early Deadline: April 24, 2020

$40.00 USD $20.00 USD

Regular Deadline: May 29, 2020

$45.00 USD $25.00 USD

Late Deadline: June 12, 2020

$50.00 USD $30.00 USD

Submission Categories

 

International VIFF Immersed Competition

Virtual Reality – Cinematic Live Action

Narrative-driven VR experiences created from the live-action capture of human participants using camera or volumetric methods that exemplify works of narrative fiction.

Virtual Reality – Animation

Narrative-driven VR animation experiences created using original crafted artwork to embody the characters, setting and objects of its story.

Virtual Reality – Documentary

Immersive VR stories that document and explore an aspect of the real world.

Augmented Reality - Live Action / Animation / Documentary

This category is designed to showcase narrative AR experiences. Content may be interactive and classified as fiction, documentary or animation

BC Showcase

Virtual & Augmented Reality – BC Showcase

A curated showcase of VR and AR works emerging from the creative nexus that is British Columbia.
 

Eligibility

 

Entries to the VIFF Immersed Competition must be narrative (story-driven) and able to be distributed to consumers through one or more commercially available platforms.

 

 

 

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Questions regarding submissions may be directed to immersed.submission@viff.org







 

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